As an ice hockey goalie coach and sport psychology consultant I work with athletes, predominantly ice hockey goaltenders (goalies), who must constantly deal with failure, being scored on, and the resulting reaction of the crowd (disappointment, scorn, derision), parents (embarrassment, negative criticism, scorn), teammates (disappointment, scorn, derision), coaches (judgementalism, disappointment, scorn, derision), and themselves (disappointment, scorn, derision, low self-efficacy, loss of confidence, and resulting creative mortification). Beghetto, (2013, 2014) states that creative mortification is the loss of one’s willingness to pursue a particular creative aspiration following a negative performance outcome. My role is to teach these athletes how to manage failure, and in the face of it, continue to perform up to their potential.
The purpose of training is that it helps you gain the qualifications, knowledge and skills in a particular area of interest.
As an athlete, do your own research when choosing a coach/team. Anyone can direct you on where to go and give you advice as an outsider. Just remember, the person who knows where you lack/gain the most, is yourself! Be a leader, not a follower.
Do you ever feel like the effort you’re putting into the game just never seems to be enough? Even after you’ve practiced hours into the night, day after day, you still seem to have nothing to show for it? This is a great time to STOP, LISTEN, and then ACT....
An athlete’s performance is mainly based off an athletes confidence level. Figure skating is a very mental challenging sport, not saying that other sports aren’t. The difference with Figure Skating is that you are out on a sheet of ice to yourself performing for a total of 4min. (the most) in front of a row of judges and multiple spectators.